Elections leave dangerous intervals and are stormy.
Gist of Idea
Democratic elections are dangerous intervals in government
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract (tr Cress) , III.06)
American presidential elections partially paralyse government for about nine months. In a settled democracy the process of election seems OK. The immediate aftermath can be worse. Losers may refuse to accept the result.
Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.184